How did so many religions emerge?

I mean if god came down to earth so long ago and wrote the bible then wouldn't people agree "yeah this is the right religion" just as someone from that time would agree with someone at this time "yes that is a tree" so did people creat new religions just to mess with us or are there other rasons why people would create "fake" or "incorrect" religions?
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Asked Feb 21, 2016

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That is a question so many people wonder. I hope you find this to be helpful.

Why are there so many religions?

“You let go of the commandment of God and cling to the tradition of men.”—Mark 7:8.

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
People have an innate “spiritual need” that they can fill by worshipping God. (Matthew 5:3) In trying to satisfy that need, people have created many religions that are based on the ideas of humans rather than those of God.

For instance, the Bible says about members of one first-century religious group: “They have a zeal for God, but not according to accurate knowledge. For because of not knowing the righteousness of God but seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.” (Romans 10:2, 3) Likewise today, a large number of religions exist that “teach commands of men as doctrines.”—Mark 7:7.

With so many different religions people wonder can true religion be identified? Yes it can.
Can true religion be identified?

“By this all will know that you are my disciples—if you have love among yourselves.”—John 13:35.

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
Illustrating how to identify those who practice true religion, the Bible says: “By their fruits you will recognize them. Never do people gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles, do they?” (Matthew 7:16) You need not be a botanist to distinguish a fig tree from a thistle; likewise, you need not be an expert on religion to tell the true from the false. What are some of the fruits, or identifying features, of true religion?

True religion teaches the truth from God’s Word, the Bible. (John 4:24; 17:17) It is not based on human philosophies.
True religion helps people get to know God, including knowing his name, Jehovah.—John 17:3, 6.
True religion focuses attention on God’s Kingdom, not man’s governments, as the only hope for mankind.—Matthew 10:7; 24:14.
True religion promotes unselfish love. (John 13:35) It teaches people to respect all ethnic groups, to use their time and resources to help others, and to avoid sharing in the wars of the nations.—Micah 4:1-4.
True religion is a way of life, not just ritual or formality. Its members practice what they preach.—Romans 2:21; 1 John 3:18.

Those two articles can be found on jw.org. It is a Bible based site and you can look up all scriptures in your copy of the Bible. I hope you found this helpful.
here2help
Answered Feb 28, 2016
The reason is because no religion is the right one. People wanted to think they knew everything (still do, idk why they can't just accept that some things we'll never know) which is why they made up religion. It was also made up to keep people under control (Example, to keep people organized they would say, "God wants you to-" whatever, but really that's their way of making you do it). And since people had came up with different religions in different countries, there were already so many religions, but then people wanted to come up with their own, so they just copied from other beliefs.
RainInTheWinter
Answered Jul 30, 2016

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